Petty. The name conjures up visions of NASCAR history. Lee Petty, the family patriarch, was a pioneer in the sport. Richard Petty, winner of 200 races, was the true King of stock car racing.
And then there?s Kyle Petty. The third generation of Petty racers never showed us much on the track. He won only 8 races in 829 starts, in a career which spanned 30 years! He seemed content to finish in the last third of the field on any given Sunday. I guess the family shoes were just too big to fill. He was the heir apparent to running the Petty?s Level Cross organization--but that went nowhere; as well as a country music career-which seems to be still somewhat afloat.
In his defense, I must say that the work with his Victory Junction Gang camps is to be admired, as well as his charitable ?Ride Across America? motorcycle convoy each year.
The death of his son, Adam, seemed to be the final distraction in his less than illustrious racing career. He finally put an end to the torture after the 2008 season.
Kyle has dabbled in broadcasting over the years, and may have finally found his niche. Just ask Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Dale and Ned Jarrett, and others--there is life after driving a race car!
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